The Subvocal Zoo

The Subvocal Zoo: Episode 1 – Dan Beachy-Quick

We’re very pleased to introduce Poetry Northwest‘s new audio podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo. This first series will feature editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets during the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle. Each episode will feature lively conversation between writers in a different Seattle location. IMG_0046 Episode 1 features John Wesley Horton interviewing the poet, novelist, essayist, collaborator, teacher, jogger and all-around renaissance man Dan Beachy-Quick. Their conversation took place in Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park on the morning of the first full day of the writing conference. Topics of discussion include the nature of nature poetry, distraction, Keats, St. Augustine, distraction, and duck gender.


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Dan Beachy-Quick is author, most recently, of Circle’s Apprentice (poems, Tupelo Press), A Brighter Word Than Bright: Keats at Work (literary criticism, University of Iowa Press, Muse Series), and An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky (novel, Coffee House Press). The poem read in the interview can be found in the chapbook Apology for The Book of Creatures (Ahsahta). He is currently a Monfort Professor at Colorado State University where he teaches in the MFA Writing Program.

Poems by John Wesley Horton (aka Johnny Horton) appear in Poetry Northwest, Golden Handcuffs Review, Cutbank, Notre Dame Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. Johnny directs the University of Washington’s summer creative writing program in Rome. He teaches English at Seattle Central Community College, and poetry at Richard Hugo House.

Future episodes of The Subvocal Zoo will feature Timothy Donnelly, Robert Hass, Richie Hofmann, Dorothea Lasky, and Zach Savich.

This project is supported in part by a successful Indiegogo campaign! Thank you to all those who have helped to get the series off the ground. Thank you, as well, to all of the editors and staff of Poetry Northwest who helped to conceive the project, and especially Elizabeth Cooperman, Carrie Kahler, Matthew Kelsey, and Katharine Ogle.

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